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An In-depth Guide to the Ultrastructural Expansion Microscopy (U-ExM) of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Published inBio-protocol, vol. 13, no. 17
Publication date2023

Expansion microscopy is an innovative method that enables super-resolution imaging of biological materials using a simple confocal microscope. The principle of this method relies on the physical isotropic expansion of a biological specimen cross-linked to a swellable polymer, stained with antibodies, and imaged. Since its first development, several improved versions of expansion microscopy and adaptations for different types of samples have been produced. Here, we show the application of ultrastructure expansion microscopy (U-ExM) to investigate the 3D organization of the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cellular ultrastructure, with a particular emphasis on the different types of sample fixation that can be used, as well as compatible staining procedures including membrane.

  • Basal body
  • Cell architecture
  • Chlamydomonas
  • Chloroplast
  • Expansion microscopy
  • Flagella
  • Membranes
  • Microtubules
  • Mitochondria
  • Super-resolution microscopy
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KLENA, Nikolai et al. An In-depth Guide to the Ultrastructural Expansion Microscopy (U-ExM) of <em>Chlamydomonas reinhardtii</em>. In: Bio-protocol, 2023, vol. 13, n° 17. doi: 10.21769/BioProtoc.4792
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